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ECOWAS tried to stop Alpha Condé from changing the constitution but he didn’t listen – Minister

Ghana, a member state of West Africa’s regional bloc ECOWAS has responded to the backlash received by the community at the backdrop of the coup in Guinea.

According to Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, ECOWAS attempted to stop Alpha Conde from amending the constitution to bid for his controversial third term.

Recall that, the Economic Community of West African States received several criticisms after condemning the Guinean coup which saw the removal of Conde with the main argument of the critics being the assertion that, the regional body lacked the moral high ground to condemn the action of Colonel Mamady Doumbouya and his men for seizing power because, the same ECOWAS looked unconcerned for Alpha Conde to commit a constitutional coup.

However, the Minister claims the allegations were untrue, saying that, “when something like this happens let’s not assume that behind the scenes there is nothing happening….what you see from the outside is that everybody is relaxed. That is not the case: there is a lot of engagement.”

She further clarified that, “if we take the example of Guinea, if you recall, there was a referendum after the change of constitution … ECOWAS did not sit aloof and watch this happen.”

“We engaged and I was even part of delegations that went there, sent by heads of state to engage with all stakeholders and to try and stop this … and engage with the president as well. But unfortunately, it did not happen,” she said.

Mrs. Botchwey added that, “I can assure you that when anything of the sort happens, behind the scenes the heads of state, knowing fully well … that the country has signed on the protocol or the charter, but also is a sovereign state, … we have done everything behind the scenes with that colleague to engage.”

The Minister has revealed that the regional bloc will be holding a meeting in Accra Ghana on Thursday to discuss issues surrounding the Coup with focus on how to map-out plans to help return the country to a constitutional rule

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